Chocolate & Banana Quesadillas

Do you ever just crave something gooey and chocolatey?  Well I did last week!  I wanted something chocolate and did NOT want to wait for a batch of brownies or cookies.  I looked in the fridge and pantry to see what I could find to make this happen.  Nutella?  Good start!  Hmmm, tortillas.  What’s that…

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

At the beginning of summer I went with friends from college to a little town east of Seattle called Leavenworth.  For those of you that don’t live in Washington, Leavenworth is a cute little Bavarian themed village with a bunch of shops, restaurants and bars.  One of the nights we had dinner at a restaurant…

Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Coconut Mojito

Man it has been HOT here in the Pacific Northwest!  And when I say “hot”, for us that means in the 90s.  I know most of you in other areas are experiencing much worse heat, but for me when the 90s hit, I feel like I’m going to melt (in other words, I’m a Weather…

Blackberry Jam

Well guys, this is it, my last blackberry post….for awhile, at least. It’s been a bountiful blackberry season and I’m lucky to have a husband willing to pick so many! Since I like blackberries so much, I make and can blackberry jam so I can enjoy it all year ’round.  Not to mention, jars of…

TC’s BBQ Ribs

I think I’ve mentioned before what a great cook my dad is.  One of his summer specialties is BBQ ribs, they’re tender, juicy and utterly amazing!  My husband loves them and the last time we were over at my parents’ house for ribs, he asked my dad for his recipe.  After several tries, we have…

Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Blackberry Gin Gimlet

My friend Carrie (Hey Carrie!) loves Gin Gimlets and she turned me on to them.  If you get a good one made with fresh lime, they are crisp and refreshing, just what you need on a hot summer day.  I thought the blackberry gin I made a few weeks ago would be the perfect addition…

Blackberry & Chocolate Chip Scones

Well, you all know by now about my love affair with blackberries.  I knew I couldn’t very well end the blackberry season without sharing a blackberry scone recipe. Blackberries and chocolate go amazingly well together just like… (I’ll let you choose your own metaphor)!  So thought why not put this flavorful duo in scones. Let’s…

Capresadillas

Well guys, the blackberries are almost gone.  Have no fear, though, because tomato season is here!  The cherry tomatoes in our garden have started to ripen which has inspired me to think up all kinds of tomato recipes.  Don’t worry, I won’t go as crazy with tomatoes as I did with blackberries….er, or, at least…

Don’t Judge Me Monday: The Getaway

My aunt, uncle and cousin are currently on vacation in Italy.  They love to travel and share their experiences.  Aunt Caroline sent a picture of their most recent stop- Portofino.  This town is in the Italian Riviera and looks like an amazing vacation destination!  She said at one of the local cafes, they had a…

Book club: Americanah

The book we read this month was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book was amazing!  The main character, Ifemelu, grows up in Nigeria and then lives in America for 12 years. The writing is truly outstanding.  This is a story about love, loss, evolution, race, immigration and learning to be comfortable in your own…

Blackberry & Watermelon salad

It’s summertime, which means tons of tasty salads and wonderful fruits! I like this salad because it’s fresh and has a nice blend of sweet, salty and tangy flavors.  It’s something a little different.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I tire of just a plain green salad.  This is a nice way to…

Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Blackberry infused spirits

You all know by now how much I love blackberries.  I was thinking of other ways (besides this and this) to use them in cocktails.  I’ve seen infused booze (or spirits if we want to be classy, he he) in restaurants and thought, why not make my own?  It’s a fun and exciting way to…